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SAHARA FORMERLY SA DOG RESCUE CHARGED WITH SERIOUS ANIMAL CRUELTY 


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SAHARA FORMERLY SA DOG RESCUE CHARGED WITH SERIOUS ANIMAL CRUELTY 

 

Co-founders of animal rescue centre SAHARA Carole Morris and Shane Jones charged with multiple animal cruelty offences


An SA animal rescue centre is facing multiple cruelty charges, with animals allegedly left suffering in pain and in their own faeces, court documents reveal.


A South Australian rescue association that boasts “we won’t turn our backs” on animals has been charged with ill-treating several animals under its care.


Carole Louise Morris, 58, and Shane Anthony Jones, 54, allegedly had possums festering in their own faeces, dogs with severely matted coats and multiple animals suffering at their Mid-North rescue association.


The co-founders of the South Australian Humane Animal Rescue Association (SAHARA) did not appear in the Adelaide Magistrates Court on Tuesday, charged with multiple animal cruelty offences.
Court documents revealed SAHARA allegedly ill-treated animals between May 21 and August 20, 2019 at Black Springs.


This included allegedly failing to provide adequate food to two dogs, a male staffordshire bull terrier named Cruize and a female American bulldog-cross named Daisy, who also had an ulcer on her left rump.


The documents also revealed between February 21 and August 20, 2019 at Black Springs, SAHARA allegedly failed to take reasonable steps to mitigate harm to two dogs.
It is alleged a Maltese-cross named Suzie had a severely matted coat and a male pug-mix dog named Sim had overgrown toenails, bilateral dry eyes, bilateral ear infections and dental disease.


Between October 10, 2019 at Morgan, SAHARA also allegedly failed to provide three unnamed brushtail possums with adequate space to live and an environment free from the accumulation of faeces.


Between August 13 and September 9, 2019 at Morgan, SAHARA allegedly failed to take reasonable steps to mitigate harm suffered by a palomino pony mare named Ashley who had overgrown rear hoofs and a bay mare named Eileen who was suffering from colic and stomatitis.


The court documents also revealed a female thoroughbred-type horse named Winky, also known as Marley, allegedly had an injury to her left eye, in which her ocular globe was ruptured and her cornea thickened and scarred.


Morris, of Wingfield, and Jones, of Ramco, are charged with 11 counts of mistreating an animal and seven counts of member of body corp, governing body charged with offence.


SAHARA is also charged with seven counts of mistreating an animal.
On its website, SAHARA says it takes its “adoption process very seriously”.


“It may be lengthy but it is designed to ensure that our animals will never experience abandonment or displacement again,” it says.
The rescue association, formerly known as SA Dog Rescue, lists on their website they are a registered not-for-profit organisation that takes in ill, injured, senior and animals on death row that are often overlooked, even by other rescues and shelters.
“When other humans let them down, we won’t turn our backs on them, as in the heart of every stray lies the single desire to be loved,” the website says.


A Department for Environment and Water spokesperson confirmed it had began proceedings against SAHARA, Morris and Jones for a number of alleged offences under the Animal Welfare Act 1985.


“As proceedings are now before the court, the Department is unable to make any further comment,” the spokesperson said.


In the Adelaide Magistrates Court on Tuesday, Magistrate Brett Dixon adjourned the charges until May.


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It's good to see all this getting out in the open; this rescue group has a big following and has been mighty good at covering up everything that's been going on behind the scenes.

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It’s the experience of being a major foster carer (had kennel holding) for this mob that led me to set up our own rescue in about 2009. I was on the receiving end of legal threats, as were others, and had to adopt 2 of their dogs I had in foster care, to bring them over to rehome through our rescue, when I left their rescue. 
It’s been rotten for a long time. 
I have nothing to do with rescue at all anymore because Salt & sugar look the same and it’s really hard to tell sometimes. 
 

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A group of us tried to get them shut down for animal hoarding, cruelty and neglect at least 10 years ago. By the time we could get authorities to act, our evidence was considered to be too old and notjing was done. They were a much smaller rescue then and the scale on which they are making animals suffer now is enormous by comparison. The charges that have been laid barely scratch the surface. I hope there are many more charges to come and every animal they have stashed at different locations are taken away. 

 

A Facebook page called Exposing the Acronym has endless examples of what is currently going on with this "rescue" and its exactly the sorts of things they were doing 10 years ago, only on an overwhelming scale and with extraordinary amounts of money to purchase animals they never adopt out (their financials are on the page as well.) 

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23 hours ago, Snook said:

A Facebook page called Exposing the Acronym has endless examples of what is currently going on with this "rescue"

I have had a look -  :( some of the stories from foster carers/vollies are horrendous! 

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A good friend of mine fostered for them a while back... and has had to deal with slanderous lies being spread about her after she stopped fostering and started speaking out about the mismanagement of the rescue; it's really scary to think how many people have tried to help with good intentions only to be burned by these people. I really hope they get the book thrown at them.

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9 hours ago, persephone said:

I have had a look -  :( some of the stories from foster carers/vollies are horrendous! 

 

So many of the stories are exactly the same sorts of things that were happening 10 plus years ago. I can't even fathom the scale it's happening on now though. 

 

5 hours ago, grizabella said:

A good friend of mine fostered for them a while back... and has had to deal with slanderous lies being spread about her after she stopped fostering and started speaking out about the mismanagement of the rescue; it's really scary to think how many people have tried to help with good intentions only to be burned by these people. I really hope they get the book thrown at them.

Yes, they have always liked threatening people and spreading lies about them. They tried at one point to scare me in to thinking they were taking legal action against me and had a volunteer pretending to be a lawyer. I really wish our animal cruelty laws were much stronger and the penalties for this kind of neglect and cruelty were much harsher. They deserve to be in jail. 

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2 hours ago, Rozzie said:

Are these the ones who had the Border Collie "stolen"?

If you mean the border collie called Toby, then yes. I don't know the story about what actually happened, only that there has been lots of posts at various times about him being missing. 

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